Dogliani Dolcetto "Bricco Mollea" 2019
Trediberri’s first vintage of Dolcetto was in 2019, and was received with much enthusiasm. Starting with a grand cru, single vineyard site in the grape’s spiritual home of Dogliani, the fruit is then fermented in concrete to preserve freshness and purity the terroir. The final wine bursts with the kind of acidity that shines at the dinner table.
Vicoforte Bricco Mollea is in Dogliani, the southernmost region of the Langhe. Unlike the rest of the region, which reserves its best sites for Nebbiolo, Dogliani has historically specialized in Dolcetto. These vines are also among the oldest in the area, with many dating back to just after the Second World War.
Fermentation occurs in concrete tanks, with indigenous yeasts, over a period of about 10 days. The wine is aged in a combination of concrete and stainless steel.
2019 turned out to be a beautiful vintage, even though the early spring was characterized by high temperatures. The summer heat was moderated by particularly cool evenings – particularly in the last couple weeks of September.
Traditional fermentation brings a texture and structure to this Dolcetto that is rarely seen anymore. Bright red fruit gives way to a spicy and refreshing finish.
Bright and light on its feet, the Dolcetto pairs with a wide variety of cured meats, especially Mortadella. Simple pastas like cacio e pepe and traditional carbonara also work beautifully.
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